Beaches at Cape Hatteras North Carolina Outer Banks - National Seashore, Tourist Attractions, Fishing Pier, Marinas, Wildlife Refuge

Cape Hatteras Island Towns include Rodanthe, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras, Salvo and Waves. US 12 is the main road. There are fishing piers and a marina.

Sportsfishing and surfing are good here.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore was established in 1953. It is the first national seashore and covers 75 miles. It extends from Bodie Island thru Hatteras and Oracoke Island. The visitor's center is located at Whalebone Junction off US 64, US158 and NC12.


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at Cape Point near Buxton was built 1803.

Cape Point Campground is located near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Historic District.

Frisco Campground has beautiful ocean views.

Chicamacomico life saving station is located in Rodanthe. It has shipwreck exhibits, artifacts and life saving equipment exhibits.

Little Kinnakeet life saving station is located in Avon.

Frisco Native American museum and natural history center is located off NC 12. Find artifacts, tools, information on Native American religion, origins nature trails, annual Intertribal Powwow featuring Native American dancers and drummers held in Spring.

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge offers bird watching, observation decks, migratory birds, nature trails, visitor center with wildlife exhibits. The area is used as a refuge for loggerhead turtles.

Buxton Woods reserve is the largest maritime forest in NC. Go hiking, picnicking. There are ponds and freshwater marshes.

picture of my son with a fishing pier in background, taken off the Carolina coastHatteras Island fishing pier is in Rodanthe. There are 2 more fishing piers on the island.

Charter a boat at a local marina to go deep sea fishing in the Gulf Stream.

Rent equipment to go surfing, windsurfing or kiteboarding at one of the local shops in Waves, Avon and Buxton.

Pamlico Sound has calm water, steady breezes offering the best windsurfing around.

The USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is located off Cape Hatteras. It is the watery graveof the Monitor and its crew which sank in a bad storm in the Civil War. The wreck was discovered in 1974. It is the first US national marine sanctuary of its kind. There are restrictions enforced in the area.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks, North Carolina Beaches